Feed & Teach 34 children age 0-4 in S/Afr village

by The Ibhabhathane Community Centre
No fencing between busy road and playground
No fencing between busy road and playground

The New Year is nearly two months old and packed with promises to resolve pressing challenges at the Ibhabhathane Community Centre.

The biggest and most costly challenge we are facing is to fence in our playground. The Centre takes care of 36 little children form age 1-5 years old – and as you know, little children are like jelly, they wobble here, wobble there and before you know they are in the street running after a ball, completely unaware of dangerous traffic. At present the playground offers no fencing between a busy street and the patch of grass the children are using as a playground.

Not only will a fence protect our children but also allow child minders to give quality attention to outside activities.

The staff and children are very keen to start a permaculture vegetable garden which will greatly supplement our nutrition programme but up to now this has only been a vision as the reality is munched up by roaming pigs, sheep and goats.

The area to be fenced in equals’ 1200square metres which will cost $1500-$2000 - less than $2 a square metre! We would like to see the area fenced in during the first semester of this year and would urgently urge you to join us in this project. A great way to make sure a little child has a safe place to play.

Thank you for your incredible support

We look forward to hearing from you

Our warmest greetings

Yolande Delport

Project Director

A much needed safe place to play
A much needed safe place to play
A determined Imange - i want to feed myself!
A determined Imange - i want to feed myself!


Did you know that a child who attends a quality Early Years
facility has a 70% better chance to have a successful school career? That his
or her chance finding work and supporting themselves or their families is 65%
better than a child who has had no access to Early Years Education?

Every time you give, our capacity to deliver a service that
will bring about real change, increases.

The Ibhabhathane Community Centre has 37 children attending the
educational programme at the centre.

The Nutrition Programme continues to provide 60-70 meals
every day.

Our computer literacy programme not only offers digital
learning to our little ones and the local school children but provided valuable
learning support to the learners preparing for their final exams during the
last quarter.

Local volunteers are sharing their crochet and needle work
skills with the elderly and are producing bright and colourful work.

The centre will relocate to a new building in January 2014.
This is very exciting as it will help us to expand our programmes and reach a
wider community.

The Ibhabhathane Community Centre sincerely appreciates your
care and generous giving. Your contribution mobilises our vision to make
inroads in to the poverty situation prevailing in rural towns in the Eastern
Cape, South Africa. 

We thank you for considering this project and bringing about
change for good.

Warmest greetings


ECD practitioners exploring creative fingerpaint
ECD practitioners exploring creative fingerpaint

The Ibhabhathane Community Centre embarked on its first
creative workshop with practitioners and child minders from across the Early
Childhood Development sector in the Grahamstown area, Eastern Cape, South
Africa, on Tuesday, September 10th.

Red and yellow finger paint was smeared across plastic
covered tables. Fingers and objects were used to   create rich gestures in the thick paint.
Great was the moment when papers where placed over the rich textural planes and
pulled off to reveal a print of the markings below.

Such a simple exercise but a FIRST for each of the more than
20 Early Childhood Development practitioners attending the workshop!

The reason here for is that most of the Early Years Centres
in the area have no or very little resources and very few practitioners are
properly trained.

In order to deliver a quality ECD service it is
imperative that those who have skills and training share it with others who
don’t. It has long been proven that the most critical phase of human
development is from a birth to school going age. The activities or programmes
we engage children in during this time will build the foundation for formal
learning. It is therefore imperative that we ensure our children are given
opportunities to engage in activities that will provide blocks for a strong
foundation in a holistic way, and increase their chance to enjoy a successful
school career.

The workshops we offer are voluntary and receives no
government subsidy. Your donation, however small or big, will assist us in
building ECD practitioners’ capacity in Eastern Cape, South Africa.

We thank you for the interest you have shown and taking the
time to consider our project.

Our sincere thanks and kindest regards

A first print....
A first print....


Lighting a candle for Tata Madiba
Lighting a candle for Tata Madiba's Birthday

The Ibhabhathane Community Centre has had the most
extroadinary 3 months! Despite no government funding the centre could still
continue paying wages to its staff members, take our children to their first
theatre production, which was absolutely wonderful and buy art materials to
continue our latest project; Pretty Things for Little Things. The last
mentioned project is engaging community members in sharing their skills with
the elderly in the village. During this exercise the participants are learning
to cut and sew aprons for our little ones, which is much needed during
deliciously messy art activities as well as making 35 book bags for library
books to go home on a weekly basis as part of a literature programme to
encourage our parents to read books to their toddlers.

A brand new gas oven and stove has add to our nutrition
programme significantly. We can now offer our children a variety of yummy baked
and cooked dishes. Our Friday cooking session has seen baked ‘clever cat
biscuits and cheerful cupcakes for Father’s Day.

Our progress and continual improvement on service delivery
is thanks to people like our Global Giving donors, who cares about the lives of children and
understands how important stimulation and nutrition are during these early
years of human development.

Please continue the good work. Don’t hesitate to donate, no matter how big or small
in order to help the Ibhabhathane build people’s capacity to discover their

Our sincere thanks for your generosity and support.

Our brand new stove
Our brand new stove
Quite a workout this baking!
Quite a workout this baking!
Our Brilliant Comrades team came to visit
Our Brilliant Comrades team came to visit



Happy News! The Ibhabhathane Early Childhood Development Centre has a promise of  a new school building on its horison!!!

No more "holy" floors and ceilings through which most of our toys and equipment are dissapearing and there will be proper ablution facilities for our 38 children. Hooray!

The above brings us one step closer in giving rural, pre-school children access to a quality Early Years Educational Service.

Which brings us to another tiny step. And this might sound a luxurious request in a world where there are so many who do not have food to eat but it is still so essential to the development of a young child! A climbing and clambering apparatus helps young children to explore and grow physically, assist in problem solving, social interaction and cognitive development, nearly all the ingredients of a good Early Years Programme.

All we need is $25 from each of our donors to make this happen. Please help us to realise this project.

We thank you sincerely

Warmest greetings



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The Ibhabhathane Community Centre

Location: Riebeeck East, Eastern Cape Region - South Africa
Website: http:/​/​www.riebeeckeast.co.za/​projects.html
Project Leader:
Yolande Delport
Riebeeck East, Eastern Cape South Africa
$10,691 raised of $34,000 goal
134 donations
$23,309 to go
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